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Lexington/Louisville Area: Anywhere to buy used bourbon barrels?

Discussion in 'South' started by jmhart, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. jmhart

    jmhart Savant (260) Georgia Feb 20, 2010

    I'll be heading to Kentucky towards the end of March and I'm curious if there's anywhere I can purchase a used bourbon barrel, ideally smaller than a full barrel. 15-30 gallons.

    Anybody have any suggestions?
  2. Very tough to find smaller, used barrels. Easy to find regular used barrels and they are $180 a piece. I have a few friends in the industry and they have yet to find me any. The easy alternative is to use the chopped up staves.
    tronto likes this.
  3. erichall

    erichall Aficionado (215) Kentucky Nov 13, 2008

    What are you looking to do with the barrel? If it is age beer, then you are going to pay a premium for high grade empties even though 180 sounds a bit high especially if you pick it up yourself.
  4. adrian1990

    adrian1990 Disciple (60) Kentucky May 6, 2011

    I have a few sources:

    Kelvin Cooperage (Its where most of the big breweries buy their barrels)
    1103 Outer Loop

    Brown Forman's Cooperage: (I think they only do new stuff)
    Blue Grass Coop.

    Kentucky Barrels
    Danville KY

    I wouldn't pay more than $100 - 150 for a new-used barrel that you pick up. Maybe 175?
  5. jmhart

    jmhart Savant (260) Georgia Feb 20, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Getting a full barrel would be fine (smaller is ideal, though). I'd like to do a bourbon barrel stout, followed up by another clean beer, and then eventually (after the bourbon runs out) turn it into a solera sour.
  6. I like Kelvins. $180 is pretty high now that I re-read what I type. Just know you're gonna have to brew a about 50-60 gallons on beer for the barrel.
  7. adrian1990

    adrian1990 Disciple (60) Kentucky May 6, 2011

    Ha....your going to "have to" brew 50-60. Sounds like a good time to me.
  8. CruisaC

    CruisaC Savant (345) Ohio Sep 3, 2010 Verified

    Is the shipping on those really free?

    I guess they are fairly pricey still for the 8 gallon size...